Why 18" rear wheel instead of 19" ?


6 replies to this topic
  • MTRSPORTDAN

Posted November 18, 2005 - 08:02 AM

#1

Does anyone know the reason why they use a 18" wheel instead of a 19" wheel on trail bikes?

  • Adrock

Posted November 18, 2005 - 08:24 AM

#2

More side wall for riding on rocky trails. Less of a chance to damage your rim. I think anyway.

  • grayracer513

Posted November 18, 2005 - 09:46 AM

#3

More side wall for riding on rocky trails. Less of a chance to damage your rim. I think anyway.

You're right. Both tires are about the same overall height. MX'rs like the 19 because it weighs less and has a shorter, and therefore stiffer, sidewall that will squirm and roll less in corners. Offroaders like the 18 for the exact reason Adrock pointed out.

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  • JSanfilippo

Posted November 18, 2005 - 12:50 PM

#4

Theres less of a chance for a pinch flat on fatter tires on an 18 inch rim on a off road bike

  • black_n_blue_thumper

Posted November 18, 2005 - 05:26 PM

#5

I always wondered the same thing. Thanks guys. :applause:

  • Motone82

Posted November 18, 2005 - 10:12 PM

#6

I am running a 20"/18" set up. That is the ticket for trails and desert. I love it and so will you!

  • halfast

Posted November 19, 2005 - 04:42 PM

#7

Gee I thought it was so I would only have to have my bike lowered 3" to touch the ground. 4" would have cost another $200.00. LOL

Jeff




 
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